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  • Ben Gracewood,

    One small step for PA, one giant leap for global new media domination! Congrats.

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan,

    ah back on the wierless again russ.

    You can get Bill Rolston on to fill your spot while you were away and as long as he wasn't allowed to make up his own lines we would be none the wiser :P

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    It was a superb night. I hope the pineapples get a mention on the radio show...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    It was a superb night. I hope the pineapples get a mention on the radio show...

    Duh! I clean forgot to mention Imbibe, where the pineapples were indeed quite lovely. It was all brilliantly organised, even if I did feel really quite shabby the next day.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • noizyboy,

    should've come for a swim! amazing how a dip in the harbour seems to freshen you up.

    wet undies on the bus home wasn't so flash though.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • noizyboy,

    gravatar .... on! finally.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    It was all brilliantly organised

    That's because I am so dominant and anal, of course. And because the Wellingtonista rule. And if you'd come for a swim, you could have cleared out your head and felt much better the next day!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Sunday my head was telling me that I shouldn't have got that refill on the pineapple.

    Great time had by all

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    It was all brilliantly organised, even if I did feel really quite shabby the next day.

    Do you thing there's a direct causal relationship there, Russell? :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    The PA radio show sounds like a brilliant idea. Radio and interwebs go together so well. I look forward to downloading and listening.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Neil Morrison,

    Did the Herald kindly inform the Zoo that Burton was working there or was the Zoo already going to terminate his employment and they were just reporting on it? It makes a difference in terms of judging the article.

    Since Nov 2006 • 932 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    Did the Herald kindly inform the Zoo that Burton was working there or was the Zoo already going to terminate his employment and they were just reporting on it? It makes a difference in terms of judging the article.

    If you cannot tell by reading the article, then it is either very poor reporting, or it is the former.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 620 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    The Zoo has a policy of not employing "high profile" people?

    Strange, each time I go there, I see animal keepers I recognise from the "The Zoo" TV program.

    Surely, if I recognise them from TV, thats "high profile" ? :)

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    Horay! Will have to start getting up before 2pm on Sat now :)

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    2pm on saturday is around the time I have my "old man nap" so that's perfect.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    Hmm, so I can finally add a NZ podcast to ipodder, huzzah!

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    Hmm, so I can finally add a NZ podcast to ipodder, huzzah!

    Awww, but I was wanting a DRM protected wma file...

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • noizyboy,

    ben - get thee to the dropkicks site for some good homegrown podcast action...

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • JTweedie,

    Is it correct to refer to Mark Burton's killing of his mother as murder? I thought he was acquitted of that charge.

    NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    Awww, but I was wanting a DRM protected wma file...

    Don't worry JP, with RIANZ and MED looking out for the common man DRM will be guarding our virtual borders, keeping us all safe from the Enemy. Oh, and Doubters will be cast out of this safe nest.

    Noizyboy, thanks for the link, I'll check it out at home tonight

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    aucklandzoo@aucklandcity.govt.nz if you want to tell them that perhaps they acted precipitously. And I think they did.

    The real risk Burton posed to the zoo was a PR risk. And they reacted in classic PR weasel fashion.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Ouch Stephen, as a sometime 'weasel' that smarts, I reckon the advice to zoo management could just as easily (and possibly more likely) have emanated from another noble profession, the legal fraternity :-)

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Richard, you could be a noble PR eagle :)

    I'd actually be really interested in your informed view as a PR person: what if the zoo had said "Yes, we're extending the same care and decency to Burton as we do to other animals. He's supervised and a minimal risk to the public." Mightn't that do as much good to perceptions of the zoo as bad? And in a couple of weeks, what would it matter anyway?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Stephen,

    Hmm, it's hard to say without knowing more about how the arrangement between the Mason clinic, the rehab programme, and the various employers (in this case, the Zoo) works, but in principle, if you are an employer who has taken a decision to support such a programme, then I agree this was an opportunity to support and promote it in both word and deed. In other words, to back your own judgement and explain your rationale.

    I personally would think better of the zoo if they took the approach you suggest above. However, I am sure that if they did, some of our more sensational media outlets would have made the ongoing presence of Mr Burton at the zoo a matter of further public attention. I can see the breathless 20/20 expose now .......

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    naturally it would have also been different if the zoo wasn't a place frequented by families. if burton was shovelling shit on a farm they would likely have left him to his shovel.

    but the hysteria factor was what made this story particularly disdainful. once again the sunday papers illustrate how disgraceful they really are.

    as burton's father himself on nat radio this morning, "it's a pity this had to happen, mark was making good progress in his rehabilitation" (or something to that effect).

    mind you, i'd be eating my words if that fateful cry was ever issued, "LOOK OUT!! IT'S BURTON!! AND HE'S ARMED WITH A MEERCAT!"

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

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